Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a seven-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues in Lebanon, Cairo, Amman, Paris, Serbia, Montreal, Marseille, Amsterdam, and Geneva.
Their eponymous debut album and the 7al Romacy EP unfold like cinematographic fictions starring lovesick characters in desolate motels or wandering insomniacs in ghostly cities. At times quirky and playful, at others bitter and somber, the songs demonstrate the band’s great versatility in dealing with musical form, narrative, and social issues.
In July 2012, Mashrou’ Leila performed at the Baalbeck International Festival with songs from their upcoming album which they recorded later that year in Montreal’s Hotel2Tango. The album will be released in summer 2013.
Directed by Amine Dorra and produced by Abbout Productions, the concert of Mashrou’ Leila live in Baalbeck will be release on DVD starting May 2013 and distributed by MC Distribution.
A signature will take place at Metropolis Empire Sofil in the presence of the musicians on the 7th of May 2013 at 7:00 pm.
The DVD will be on sale at the bookstore of Metropolis and all branches of Virgin Megastore and librairie Antoine. As well as Antoine Online, Amazon and I-Tunes.